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Norman Oswald Curry

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Norman Oswald Curry (1875-1943)

1945 Obituary [1]

NORMAN OSWALD CURRY, whose death occurred at Umkomaas, Natal, on 3rd October 1943, had for many years represented with great ability, in South Africa, the interests of Messrs. C. A. Parsons and Company, and of Messrs. Reyrolle and Company, Ltd., of Hebburn-on-Tyne.

He was born in 1875, and while serving his apprenticeship with the Tyne Steam Shipping Company from 1891 to 1896, attended the Heaton Science and Art School. After serving four years as a marine engineer he joined Messrs. C. A. Parsons and Company in 1901 and a year later was made test house foreman. Subsequently he was appointed superintendent of outside erection and in 1906 he became works manager. This position he retained until 1912, when he went as the firm's representative in South Africa to superintend the erection of turbo-alternators. During the long period in which he acted for the two firms in question, he was responsible for the installation of equipment for several large generating stations, besides numerous smaller power-stations and important substations.

Mr. Curry was elected a Member of the Institution in 1923. In addition he was a Member of the South African Institute of Engineers and of the South African Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and had served for some years as chairman of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers' Association He was also a holder of the South Africa Government Certificate for both mechanical and electrical engineering.

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